List of companies of New Zealand

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Auckland CBD contains New Zealand's largest concentration of multi-story commercial buildings and businesses
The Kinleith Mill, part of the forestry sector in New Zealand
The Tiwai Point Aluminium Smelter, opened in 1971

This is a list of notable companies based in New Zealand, a country in Oceania. For further information on the types of business entities in this country and their abbreviations, see "Business entities in New Zealand".

New Zealand is a wealthy country, with a relatively high GDP per capita and a relatively low rate of poverty. Since the 1980s, New Zealand has transformed from an agrarian, regulated economy to a more industrialised, free market economy that can compete globally. Since 1984, government subsidies including for agriculture have been eliminated; import regulations have been liberalised; exchange rates have been freely floated; controls on interest rates, wages, and prices have been removed; and marginal rates of taxation reduced. The restructuring and sale of state-owned enterprises in the 1990s reduced government's role in the economy. Many of the largest companies lost ground and new enterprises were established.[1] New Zealand companies are dependent on international trade, mainly with Australia, the European Union, the United States, China, South Korea, Japan and Canada. The major capital market is the New Zealand Exchange, known as the NZX.

Largest firms[edit]

95% of the companies entirely within New Zealand are classed as small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).[2] The Financial Reporting Act 1993[3] defines a large company as one that satisfied at least one of two criteria:

  • Total assets of the entity and its subsidiaries (if any) exceed NZ$60 million
  • Total revenue of the entity and its subsidiaries (if any) exceeds NZ$30 million.

Several of the largest firms are listed below:

Name 2016 Revenues
(NZ$ million)
Revenue per Employee

(NZ$ thousand)

Fonterra 19,230 21,400 898 New Zealand's largest company. A dairy giant that controls 30% of the world's dairy exports.
Fletcher Building 9,004 20,000 450 Construction company, with a market capitalisation of over NZ$7 billion.
Woolworths NZ 6,100 18,000 339 Retail chain; wholly owned subsidiary of Australia's Woolworths Limited.
Air New Zealand 5,231 10,527 497 Flag carrier of New Zealand.
Spark New Zealand 3,531 5,562 635 Largest telecommunications company in New Zealand.

Notable firms[edit]

This list includes notable companies with primary headquarters located in the country. The industry and sector follow the Industry Classification Benchmark taxonomy. Organizations which have ceased operations are included and noted as defunct.

For convenience, the word "Limited", which every company registered or re-registered under the Companies Act 1993 must have at the end of its name, is reduced to the common and universally recognized term "Ltd", which is a specifically permitted abbreviation under the Act. In the New Zealand registration system, unlike those of some other countries, the term "Incorporated" is restricted to societies (generally nonprofit) under the Incorporated Societies Act 1908.[4]

Notable companies
     Active      State-owned      Defunct
Name Industry Sector Headquarters Founded Notes
2degrees Telecommunications Mobile telecommunications Auckland 2009 Telecommunications
AFFCO Holdings Consumer goods Food products Hamilton 1904 Meatworks, subsidiary of Talley's Group
AHI Roofing Industrials Building materials & fixtures Auckland 1957 Roof tiles
Air New Zealand Consumer services Airlines Auckland 1965 Airline (NZX: AIR)
Airwork Consumer services Airlines Auckland 1984 Airline
Alliance Group Consumer goods Food products Invercargill 1948 Freezing works
Auckland Airport Industrials Transportation services Auckland 1998 Airport (NZX: AIA)
Aurora Energy Utilities Conventional electricity Dunedin 1990 Electricity distribution, 100% Dunedin Council-owned
Bank of New Zealand Financials Banks Auckland 1861 Bank, subsidiary of National Australia Bank
Barfoot & Thompson Financials Real estate services Auckland 1923 Property sales and management
Black + White Mobile Telecommunications Mobile telecommunications Auckland 2008 Mobile phone sales
Blis Technologies Health care Biotechnology Dunedin 2000 Biotech
Bridget Williams Books Consumer services Publishing Wellington 1990 Publishing
Cavalier Corporation Consumer goods Furnishings Auckland 1984 Carpets (NZX: CAV)
Cloudy Bay Vineyards Consumer goods Distillers & vintners Blenheim 1985 Winery - Subsidiary of LVMH
Contact Energy Utilities Conventional electricity Wellington 1996 Electricity generation and retail (NZX: CEN)
Datacom Group Technology Software Wellington 1965 IT services
Designline Industrials Commercial vehicles & trucks Ashburton 1985 Buses, defunct 2011
Eurekster Technology Software Christchurch 2004 Search engines, defunct c. 2010
Fisher & Paykel Healthcare Health care Medical equipment Auckland 1934 Medical equipment (NZX: FPH)
Fisher & Paykel Consumer goods Durable household products Auckland 1934 Appliances - Subsidiary of Haier
Fletcher Challenge Industrials Heavy construction Auckland 1981 Diversified multi-national
Fletcher Building Industrials Heavy construction Auckland 2001 Construction and infrastructure (NZX: FBU)
Fonterra Consumer goods Food products Auckland 2001 Dairy
Foodstuffs Consumer services Specialty retailers Auckland / Wellington 1922 FMCG
Gecko Press Consumer services Publishing Wellington 2005 Children's books
Genesis Energy Limited Utilities Conventional electricity Auckland 1999 Electricity generation, 51% government owned (NZX: GNE)
Golden Bay Air Consumer services Airlines Auckland 2006 Airline
Grove Mill Consumer goods Distillers & vintners Marlborough 1988 Winery
Harcourts International Financials Real estate services Wellington 1988 Real estate sales
Heartland Bank Financials Banks Auckland 2011 Publicly listed registered bank and finance company
Hubbard Foods Consumer goods Food products Auckland 1990 Acquired by Walter & Wild, Cereals
Infratil Conglomerates - Wellington 1994 Airports, electricity generators and retailers (NZX: IFT)
Invivo Wines Consumer goods Distillers & vintners Auckland 2008 Winery
Jade Software Corporation Technology Software Christchurch 1978[5] Software
KMD Brands Retail Outdoor and travel apparel, gear and accessories (NZX: KMD) Christchurch 1987 Retailer Outdoor and travel apparel, gear and accessories
Kiwi Property Group Financials Real estate holding & development Auckland 1992 Property investment (NZX: KPG)
Kiwibank Financials Banks Wellington 2001 Bank, subsidiary of state-owned New Zealand Post
Kordia Consumer services Broadcasting & entertainment Auckland[6] 2003 State-owned broadcaster
Landcorp Consumer goods Farming & fishing Wellington 1987 State-owned farming
Macpac Wilderness Equipment Consumer services Specialty retailers Christchurch 1973 Outdoors retailer
Mainfreight Industrials Delivery services Auckland 1978 Freight (NZX: MFT)
McDonald's New Zealand Consumer services Restaurants & bars Auckland 1975 Fast food chain, part of McDonald's (US)
MediaWorks New Zealand Consumer services Broadcasting & entertainment Auckland 2004 Television
Mercury Energy Utilities Conventional electricity Auckland 1999 Electricity generation, 51% government owned (NZX: MCY)
Meridian Energy Utilities Conventional electricity Wellington 1998 Electricity generation, 51% government owned (NZX: MEL)
My Food Bag Consumer services Food retailers & wholesalers Auckland 2012 Online retailer
New Zealand Aluminium Smelters Basic materials Aluminium Wellington[7] 1971 Aluminium
NZ Post Industrials Delivery services Wellington 1987 Postal service
NZX Financials Investment services Wellington 2002 Exchange (NZX: NZX)
Northport Industrials Transportation services Marsden Point 2000 Port - 50% owned by Port of Tauranga
NZ Bus Consumer services Travel & tourism Wellington 1992 Public transport provider. Subsidiary of Infratil
Pacific Edge Health care Medical equipment Dunedin 2001 Bladder cancer diagnostic tools (NZX: PEB)
Pernod Ricard NZ Consumer goods Distillers & vintners Auckland[8] 1975 Winery
PGG Wrightson Industrials Industrial suppliers Christchurch 2005 Agricultural supply (NZX: PGW)
phil&teds Consumer goods Durable household products Wellington 1994 Baby care products
Pike River Coal Basic materials Coal Wellington 1982 Coal mining - Defunct 2017
Port of Tauranga Industrials Transportation services Tauranga 1988 Port (NZX: POT)
Ports of Auckland Industrials Transportation services Auckland 1988 Port
Progressive Enterprises Consumer services Food retailers & wholesalers Auckland 1949 Grocer chain, subsidiary of Woolworths
Pumpkin Patch Consumer services Apparel retailers Auckland 1990 Retail chain, defunct 2016 (NZX: PPL)
Pushpay Technology Software Auckland 2011 Mobile payment software
Rakon Technology Software Auckland 1967 Technology (NZX: RAK)
Restaurant Brands Consumer services Restaurants & bars Auckland 1989 Fast foods (NZX: RCD)
Ryman Healthcare Health care Health care providers Christchurch 1984 Retirement villages and aged care (NZX: RYM)
State Insurance Financials Full line insurance Auckland 1990 Insurance, part of Insurance Australia Group
SilverStripe Technology Software Wellington 2000 Software
Skellerup Holdings Industrials Diversified industrials Christchurch 1910 Industrial/rubber (NZX: SKL)
Sky Network Television Consumer services Broadcasting & entertainment Auckland 1987 Television (NZX: SKT)
Skycity Entertainment Group Consumer services Hotels Auckland 1996 Hotels, casinos (NZX: SKC)
SLI Systems Technology Software Christchurch 2001 eCommerce solutions, search engines
Solid Energy Basic materials Coal Wellington 1987 State-owned coal mining, defunct 2018
South Canterbury Finance Financials Consumer finance Timaru[9] 1926 Financial services, defunct 2010
Spark New Zealand Telecommunications Fixed line telecommunications Auckland 1987 Telecom, formerly called Telecom New Zealand (NZX: SPK)
Summerset Holdings Health care Health care providers Wellington 1996 Retirement villages and aged care (NZX: SUM)
Talley's Group Consumer goods Farming & fishing Motueka 1936 Fishery
Te Mata Estate Consumer goods Distillers & vintners Havelock North 1919 Winery
The Warehouse Group Consumer services Broadline retailers Auckland 1982 Retail stores (NZX: WHS)
Tourism Holdings Consumer services Travel & tourism Auckland 1984 Tourism (NZX: THL)
Traffic Design Group Industrials Transportation services Lower Hutt 1976 Traffic consulting
Trimax Mowing Systems Industrials Diversified industrials Tauranga 1981 Turf equipment
Trustpower Utilities Conventional electricity Tauranga 1993 Electricity generation (NZX: TPW)
Vector Utilities Conventional electricity Auckland 1999 Electricity distribution (NZX: VCT)
Vend Technology Software Auckland 2010 Retail software
Vista Group Technology Software Auckland 2014 Cinema industry software (NZX: VGL)
Vodafone New Zealand Telecommunications Mobile telecommunications Auckland 1998 Mobile phone operator
Wellington International Airport Industrials Transportation services Wellington 1998 Airport, joint venture between Infratil and the Wellington City Council
Weta Digital Entertainment Film Wellington 1993 Digital visual effects
Weta Workshop Entertainment Film Wellington 1987 Visual effects
Xero Technology Software Wellington 2006 Accounting software (ASXXRO)
Yealands Estate Consumer goods Distillers & vintners Seddon 2008 Winery - Subsidiary of Marlborough Lines Limited
Z Energy Oil and Energy Fuel, oil & diesel Wellington 1911 Founded as Shell New Zealand
Zespri Consumer goods Food products Tauranga 1997 Fruits

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Hawke, Gary (11 March 2010). "Large companies, 1980 to early 2000s". Te Ara: The Encyclopedia of New Zealand. Retrieved 26 June 2017.
  2. ^ Manarangi, Nicholas (14 July 2015). "New Zealand's Largest Companies by Market Cap". NZL-RTN. Retrieved 26 June 2017.
  3. ^ "Companies Act 1993 No 105 (as at 30 May 2017), Public Act Contents – New Zealand Legislation". New Zealand Parliamentary Counsel Office. Retrieved 26 June 2017.
  4. ^ "Incorporated Societies Act 1908 No 212 (as at 01 April 2014), Public Act – New Zealand Legislation". New Zealand Parliamentary Counsel Office. Retrieved 26 June 2017.
  5. ^ "Company Overview of Jade Software Corporation Limited". Bloomberg. Retrieved 26 June 2017.
  6. ^ Kordia Group Limited: Private Company Information - Bloomberg
  7. ^ New Zealand Aluminium Smelters Limited: Private Company Information - Bloomberg
  8. ^ Pernod Ricard Winemakers New Zealand Limited: Private Company Information - Bloomberg
  9. ^ South Canterbury Finance Limited: Private Company Information - Bloomberg

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